Talking from a company perspective, the expression “white dudes ought to go away” appears to make sense. Numerous hate has been fostered in direction of white males in recent times, placing the blame of all the pieces that’s improper in society on the shoulders of 1 demographic — that’s a straightforward promote as a result of, sure, in the event you take a look at “individuals in energy” within the western world, then these are predominantly “white dudes,” and it’s simple to foster hate in opposition to individuals in energy. And the factor is: internationally talking, “white males” are a small minority. Lower than 5% of the world’s inhabitants fall on this class. Now, if D&D is seen as a interest of white males who’re making an attempt to exclude individuals of different demographics, and individuals are not stepping into that interest due to this, then in the event you can supply the attitude “white males ought to all go in order that the 95% of the inhabitants that had been excluded by them can now safely be a part of up” you could possibly broaden your participant base significantly. At the very least, that’s what they appear to assume. In follow, in fact, destroying your participant base within the hopes of gaining a brand new, greater one, is certain to fail.
BTW, what I’ve noticed is that sport gamers (whether or not it considerations board sport, video video games, or RPGs) are usually actually inclusive (disregarding a number of outliers). They might attempt to promote THAT message. It matches their intention and it’s the fact. It simply is not the narrative.
And about their cultural consultants: they had been unable to identify the Hadozee fiasco in Spelljammer. However even when they’d, do they actually assume that it’s potential to write down a very good D&D guide that has nothing for individuals to complain about? I imply, that is all fantasy. If individuals are going to search for some hidden that means which interprets into real-world offense, in fact they’ll discover it.